Monday, January 3, 2011

Christmas Recap + lots of pics

We woke up to a white Christmas. This is the first time in seventeen years that the middle Tennessee area has had snow on Christmas so it was a pretty big deal for us. Where we live it was perfect, lots of snow on the grass and trees but the roads were pretty clear. The plan was that we would travel to my parent's house to celebrate Christmas with them. We were going to head out around lunch time, but got a call from my Dad and they had a lot more snow than us and everything was a mess. We weren't able to go there as planned so our celebration with them got canceled until this past weekend. I wanted to share some photos of my Christmas but wanted to wail until we were officially over Christmas! 

We started out on Christmas Eve at my in-laws. We always have dinner over there on Christmas Eve. It is always fun, we have a core menu that is planned and then mu SIL and I bring over a sampling of all the different things we have been making and baking. I think we both got carried away, we had so many sweets, but everything was just delicious. 

My niece and nephew opening presents.

I caught this sweet picture of my MIL and FIL holding hands while we were all opening presents. I love this picture and going to have to do something with it for their anniversary or something.

Then we went to my friend Judy's house. We always spend Christmas night with her and her girls. Santa's elves always bring us all new PJs to wear. Jenna and Samantha made individual bags of reindeer food for each of the reindeer, complete with labeled bags!

They were so excited before bed, but finally calmed down enough to go to sleep. The fist time the woke up and asked if it was time to open presents? 2:30 AM!

All of our stockings lined up, even the dog and cat has a stocking.
Samantha checking out Kip's new puzzle from me. He can't decide if I buy him these things because I love him and know he loves puzzles or if I do it to drive him crazy! That large wooden snake will (supposedly) fold back up to make a solid cube.

Kip opening his big gift from me. 
Jenna had asked for Prisma pencils so we got her those and a sketch pad.

Samantha got her own die cutter. I have had this for a while because I know she wanted one, but was waiting for her to get old enough that I didn't have to worry about her mashing her fingers. She was very excited! 

Then this weekend we finally go to have Christmas with my side of the family. In an earlier post, I showed the box of cards that I had decorated for my niece. She was so excited with her box of cards. It made me feel good to get such an excited reaction from her because it took me forever to decorate 50 card fronts for her! But they are ready to go, the cards and envelops are all there, all she has to do is stamp and color her image then add them to her cards. 

And this was her stamp kit. She has some stamps, some ink pads, adhesive and coloring pencils that she can use to make her cards.

Thanks for sharing part of my Christmas with me! We had a wonderful Christmas and hope you did too. 


jimlynn said...

Snow! Wow....I know it must have been beautiful. Looks like yall had a wonderful Christmas!

Tammy said...

I am so glad you had a white Christmas Gina!! I love all of the pictures! I think that picture of your in-laws holding hands would make an awesome anniversary gift!

Marlene said...

Oh my gosh - I got my hubby that VERY SAME wooden "snake" like puzzle, too!!! It's a pain in the arse!! LOL!!

Happy New Year! Love the pics. Sure wish we had a white Christmas. Somehow it doesn't seem fair that Tennessee got one, and we didn't here in southeastern PA!

Scrapping Julie said...

glad you guys had a great Christmas sweet friend!

The Mama Monkey said...

Happy New Year! I am sitting in Seattle with a long layover, so I decided to try catch up on my blurfing!

My daughter is looking with me and loves the gifts your neices received! LOL My DD did get some stamps as well, but certainly NOT the set up they got! Lucky girls!!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photos! Looks like you had a fabulous Christmas!

Melissa said...

What happy pictures!!! TFS - they made me smile!

tmcc4 said...

How awesome!!! Glad you had a wonderful time...And the snow looked beautiful..My daughter is headed to Colorado next year for college so I hope to have our first White Christmas next year..looks beautiful ..Happy New Year!!!

Lorraine said...

Wow, craftiness runs in your family! That must be SO FUN to share, especially with your daughters!

Crafty Creations said...

It looks like Christmas was a lot of fun, despite the delay in sharing it with your parents.

Love the picture of your in-laws holding hands!!!

And it's nice to see two budding crafters as well!!

Anne Marie said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful Christmas! Your gals are pretty excited about their creative gifts, too. That's so fun! I love that photo of your in-laws holdng hands. Thanks for sharing your Christmas with us! :)

Ann English said...

Love this post :)